MaDiH Research Assistant (part-time, Amman)

MaDiH (مديح): Mapping Digital Cultural Heritage in Jordan is a two-year project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with King’s College London, Hashemite University, the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), the Jordan Department of Antiquities, Jordan Open Source Association and Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa Project (EAMENA). The project will contribute to the long-term sustainable development of Jordan’s digital cultural heritage, identifying key systems, datasets, standards, and policies and aligning them to government digital infrastructure capabilities and strategies. Defining a robust technical and operational architecture for digital cultural heritage will assist the Department of Antiquities in the planning processes, help product development teams develop their systems, facilitate the aggregation of valuable datasets held in disparate repositories and ensure data generated from research activity is properly stored and widely accessible. Analysis will also result in the identification of infrastructural gaps and opportunities for further development including system development, data aggregation, online learning, and expansion to support refugee studies. Practical prototyping will ensure analysis and lessons learned are cost-effective and aligned to real-world scenarios and a series of workshops with stakeholders from the cultural heritage, research, government and technology sectors, will ensure the project fulfils the needs of the local community. A hackathon, led by the Hashemite University and Jordanian Open Source Association, will ensure analysis and lessons learned are aligned to educational and commercial opportunities. Key outputs from MaDiH, which will be made available online, will include:

• A policy white paper, identifying relevant national and international policies, frameworks, and standards and making recommendations for their future adoption and/or implementation.

• A technical white paper, listing requirements for improvements to existing infrastructure, systems, and tools and make recommendations for their future implementation.

• A prototype National Data Catalogue listing the datasets found over the course of the project.

• A prototype National Heritage Portal indicating the potential for future systems development and data aggregation.

The Role

We are seeking a self-motivated individual, with a passion for Jordanian cultural heritage and digital tools and methods. The post is a 0.60 FTE (3 days per week) 7-month appointment, as a Research Assistant (RA), hosted by CBRL in Amman.

MaDiH (مديح) RA will support the success of the project. They will hold an advanced degree or equivalent experience in a cultural heritage field, such as archaeology. Other Humanities disciplines or architecture will be considered.

Applicants with computer science backgrounds and a strong understanding of Jordanian cultural heritage are encouraged to apply. Applicants should either be able to demonstrate engagement with technical topics (digital archaeology, digital history, digital humanities, computer science), or a willingness to learn. They're responsible for assisting the principle investigators and/or the project researchers in a number of tasks that support the research activities.

Excellent English language skills are required for the production of technical documentation and contribution to white papers and research outputs.

 

Job description

Post title

MaDiH Research Assistant (part-time)

Host

Council for British Research in the Levant (Amman)

Term

7 months from February 2020 (0.6 FTE, equivalent to three days per week)

Closing date

Email applications – CV and up to 2-page covering letter – to madih.info@gmail.com by January 15th, midnight Amman time.

Interview date

January 22th / 23th 

Salary

350 – 450 JD (part-time salary; dependent on experience)

Responsible to

MaDiH Project Manager, Jordan

Role Purpose

We are seeking a self-motivated individual, with a passion for Jordanian cultural heritage and digital tools and methods. The post is a 0.60 FTE (3 days per week) 7-month appointment, as a Research Assistant (RA), hosted by CBRL in Amman.

MaDiH (مديح) RA will support the success of the project. They will hold an advanced degree or equivalent experience in a cultural heritage field, such as archaeology. Other Humanities disciplines or architecture will be considered.

Applicants with computer science backgrounds and a strong understanding of Jordanian cultural heritage are encouraged to apply. Applicants should either be able to demonstrate engagement with technical topics (digital archaeology, digital history, digital humanities, computer science), or a willingness to learn. They're responsible for assisting the principle investigators and/or the project researchers in a number of tasks that support the research activities.

 

Excellent English language skills are required for the production of technical documentation and contribution to white papers and research outputs.

 

Role Profile

 

Key objectives

  • Support the identification and documentation of datasets related to cultural heritage held in Jordan and other countries.
  • Enter the documentation data into a ckan.org data portal requiring confidence with online tools.
  • Collaborate with team members at Hashemite University, King’s College London and Oxford University
  • Support the organization of the project workshops with guidance from MaDiH Project manager, Jordan.
  • Provide Arabic translations of English communications (website, social media) content when needed.
  • Gain and maintain up-to-date knowledge of digital cultural heritage, digital humanities and research software engineering best practices.

Team work, Communication and Networking

  • Maintain regular contact with collaborators and key stakeholders.
  • Participate in workshops and events within MaDiH project in order to build relationships to facilitate future exchanges of information.
  • Contribute to social media and outreach activities.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant meetings, which require good listening and concentration skills in different environments.

Analysis and Research

  • Carry out research according to protocols laid out by MaDiH Principle investigators and research team.
  • Review print and online resources to gather information for the project research.
  • Conduct literature reviews.
  • Conduct statistical analyses of data sets.
  • Prepare graphs and spreadsheets to portray results.
  • Prepare other articles, reports, and presentations

 

 

Selection Criteria

 

Essential

 

Desirable

 

Qualifications, knowledge, experience

 

A Masters’ Degree with a grade of at least 3.50 in a cultural heritage field, such as archaeology. Other Humanities disciplines or architecture will be considered.

 

Engagement with technical topics

Experience of working in a cultural heritage field

Communication& networking

Fluent in English and Arabic

 

Willingness to attend meetings and conferences

 

Able to explain complex concepts to non-specialist and specialist audiences, both verbally and in writing

 

Experience of working successfully in a team as well as independently

 

Experience in presenting research

 

Familiarity with social media

Analysis & Research

Able to understand complex concepts

 

Able to gather information to support the project research

 

Experience of publishing peer-reviewed or other academic articles

Other

Jordanian citizenship or a valid residency and work permit in Jordan

 

Hours of work

8.00 am – 4:00 pm in principle, but these can be flexible. Flexibility in working hours is essential, especially during the period of project workshops.

How to apply

Submit your CV and covering letter to: madih.info@gmail.com Names, positions, emails and mobile numbers of two referees are required, at least one of whom is a previous employer/professor, willing to give character references.

Please state in the subject line: MaDiH Amman RA

Closing Date

 

Please submit your application as soon as possible with a final closing date of 15th January 2020, midnight Amman time.

We aim to conduct the interviews on 22/23 January. The covering letter should explain in no more than two sides of A4 why you meet the person specification and wish to work on the project. We will only contact individuals that we are interested to interview.

 

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